WELCOME HOME, PETERLEE

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This post will immediately go into the Top 10 posts about Peterlee on the Internet, and No.1 of posts leading with a half-eaten bacon sandwich (very important, a sarnie not a bun in this Spoons).

Our campervan’s stove provides decent coffee, but for breakfast it’s got to be the nation’s cheapest favourite.

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The bacon and flat white special in the Five Quarter gives me a chance to make the case for pretty new town Peterlee, and finally see a classic piece of UK abstract art (honest).

I got lost in the shopping centre, somehow getting Peterlee mixed up with Aldridge in my mind (separated at birth?) and parking 3 dead end roads away from Spoons.

Still, I got to see the entirety of the shopping centre at 9am before the hordes arrived.

But I had to clamber over the concrete as the footpaths ran out near the back of the multi storey.

Signs that say “No pedestrian entry” don’t deter retiredmartin. and I was soon at Club 3000, just like in Pulp’s less successful follow up single.

The beer garden isn’t the Five Quarter’s winning feature.

As with all 10 (ten!) Spoons I’ve been in, it’s the cheery welcome, security tape,

and compelling beer range that made this a GBG regular till recently.

In 2014 the beer range (£1.49 before voucher) was genuinely cutting edge. Some would say Doom Bar and Spitfire are.

Rather quieter than on my first trip, even with the appeal of the European Parliament to tempt the Old Boys back.

Refreshed, I headed towards the Castle Eden Dene and the art, and got unexpectedly lost in a wilderness behind the Constabulary.

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A different world, and coupled with the coast toward Blackhall Rocks, enough to tempt anyone to the East Durham coast.

Eventually I made it through the fern and thistle to the Apollo Pavilion, Victor Pasmore’s gift to the culture hungry Sunny Blunts estate.

They’d actually wanted a statue of legendary music duo Peters and Lee, after whom the town is named, and set about a campaign of cultural vandalism akin to sticking that Newcastle shirt on the Angel of the North.

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Well worth the visit, as no doubt is the better regarded Hearts of Oak.

Sadly, it wasn’t open at 10am on a Sunday.

36 thoughts on “WELCOME HOME, PETERLEE

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  1. “Nation’s favourite?” You’re still not selling Spoons to me Martin, and not being a fan of 20th Century, brutalist architecture, you haven’t sold Peterlee to me either.

    BBM’s comment about not for the faint hearted, should surely apply to the whole town. As my poor old dad would have said, back in his heyday, “What a dump!”

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      1. I grew up in Ashford and went to school in the town. Ashford was a pleasant and quite attractive market town when my parents moved there in the late 1950’s. Twenty years later the planners had ripped the heart out of the place – so in answer to your question I most certainly don’t like Ashford.

        Does a dislike of the damage that town planners can do make me a hard man to please? Does a preference for independently owned and run pubs, as opposed to identi-kit drinking barns make me an awkward so and so?

        The life blood has been sucked out of many of our towns, and wide-boys like Tim Martin are not helping, no matter how many “perfect” pints of national bland Doom Bar they profess to sell.

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      2. I did know of your love for Ashford, Paul. Have you explored it much on your blog. The Spoons there is so poor it deserves a review. Perhaps I could give you a lift down there 😉. .

        Spooner may be identikit, but their customers aren’t, compared to the average micropub or specialist beer pub.

        Actually, it’s the CAMRA members who have deserted Spoons since their beer ranges contracted to only buying £60 barrels of beer with silly names.

        Ah, some quality debate on your and my blog. Nature is returning.

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    1. Ah well, at least you can click through to have a look at it. I thought it was really nice, but I think they had similar problems with people defacing it with graffiti over the years. It was interesting to be there when he did the intitial presentation, kind of “pitching” the idea, and then to see it actually get built.

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  2. Martin.
    Very sorry.
    It was meant to be “That Hearts of Oak looks almost as good as [ photo of Dolphin, Dundee ] but outer appearances can be deceptive as proved by [ photo of Lauieston ]
    Please delete it ( and this ) and I won’t try to include pictures again.

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      1. If you Google whatever it is you want and “pics” then you’ll generally get plenty from which to choose.

        Many are on sites which enable you to copy short links and paste here. Test them in your own browser first though.

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      2. Etu,
        Thanks, but I don’t know what you mean by “own browser” and it’s something to do with a “browser” that’s stopped me contributing to another site.
        Computers and other such gadgets aren’t really for me.

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      3. It’s the program, or application, that you use for looking at the internet, Paul.

        Usually on anything running Windows it was Internet Explorer when I last used it. On my Mac it’s Safari.

        If you copy the address from one site, then you can see if it works by putting – pasting – it in the address box – having cleared it – and hitting “enter”. That’s usually at the top of the screen.

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  3. Martin, the County Hotel in Ashford was actually improved when it re-opened as a Spoons, but its location, at the bottom end of the High Street hasn’t done it any favours. It’s still not worth making a special visit though.

    Unfortunately there isn’t much left of Ashford’s once thriving pub culture to write about on the blog. An article on closed/demolished pubs might not appeal much to readers, and old photos are either hard to come by, or protected by copyright.

    I might combine a trip to the town with a visit to the recently opened Curious Brew facility*, close to the station and see just how many pubs are still trading – I can think of at least half a dozen that were demolished during my late teenage years.

    Neither of my parents were pub goers, but given the damage done by town planners, in cahoots with Ashford Borough Council, I can appreciate why they couldn’t wait to leave the place!

    *This might require pre-booking.

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